Monthly Archives: November 2012

TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Tomorrow marks the first day of our last month. Well, on the Mayan calendar of course.

Yes, as it appears, “Mayan Dayz” are indeed done! The Discovery Channel (and then some) would like to scare you into thinking Doom’s Day is upon us. Is the world is coming to an end? I say, trust! This is a quite simply a sign of way cooler horizons. For example, this week’s Idelic Hour playlist.

Digging through my now damp crates, it was not hard to find records about death and “the end,” but a trickier bit is figuring out what’s ending exactly ? Some say it’s just the Mayan calendar—like “Adios, dude. Mayan calendar, you have no more pages left in your book!”

My “idelic” conclusion is that it’s more about the end of old ideas and the way mankind perceives itself in the world. December 21st marks more of a hello to a fresh perspective.

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Weekend Shots!

This weekend, we here at TVD Seattle are wishing you a very happy “Local Seattle Musician Christmas Weekend!” For many people this was the first week of Christmas and this weekend will explode with holiday shoppers, peppermint mochas, and fake Santas who promise things they can’t deliver! But what’s better than ringing in the beginning of the holidays with some good ol’ lovely Seattle’s Best (I mean musicians, not the coffee.) Enjoy!

Friday, 11/30 – Deep Sea Diver at Neumos | Deep Sea Diver is the project of Seattle singer and multi-instrumental musician, Jessica Dobson. Before forming the band, Dobson toured and supported several bands, including Beck, The Shins, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and at one time was signed to Atlantic records. She has been in the music business since her teens and, oh man, does it show.

The band formed in 2011 with husband, Peter Mansen on drums and Michael Duggan on bass. Deep Sea Diver’s first release, History Speaks is an indie-rock, soul-searching album so powerful that it cannot be listened to just once and the band is easily a contender for a best new artist of 2012. They are making their final stop in Seattle this Friday at Neumos—and as a band I respect, I will be there in full-form, so look for a review of the show by yours truly next week.

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Weekend Shots!

Hey, Memphis! How was getting fat last week? If you didn’t OD on gravy and stuffing, you’ve got a great weekend to look forward to. We’ve got you riding on musical lightbeams, jamming out with some Middle Tennessee blues rock, and getting your pop fix on. Hope you saved some room for dessert—it’s time for some weekend shots.

Friday (11/30) has a few contrasting events to offer. Over at The Hi-Tone Cafe, the River City Tanlines are playing a show in celebration of all those who donated money to the Kickstarter fund that got them through their European tour. If you’re unfamiliar with their work, The Memphis three-piece is the rock ‘n’ roll outlet for Alicja Trout— One of Memphis’ most well-known unknowns. They released the full-length Coast-to-Coast earlier this year. Come out to hear what modern Memphis rock sounds like.

At Newby’s Memphis, mathy rock Lightbeam Rider will set up bar-side. Other than having brilliant art direction, Lightbeam Rider has a sound that’s somewhere between the articulated guitar work of redneck manifesto and late 2000s’ post rock. October saw the release of Mississippi, a full length that bounces around rock styles and techniques with a concentrated effort in memorable choruses.

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Weekend Shots!

The first week in December can be a scary time. We understand. There’s that daunting fear of lake-effect snow on the horizon, and although you’ve lived in Cleveland all your life, you are still terrified. Okay, we honestly don’t understand that. What we do understand is good music and we’ve got your weekend all figured out. That is, if you can get yourself out of the house, into your car, and to the venue. 

Though it was a tough decision, this weekend’s pick of the litter has to be The Modern Electric‘s single-release show with support from Tom Evanchuck, Bethesda, The Ruby Spirit, and The Moxies. The Modern Electric is a band of guys who love Bowie and provide their own blend of music that they call cinematic pop. We simply adore them because of their catchy beats, beautiful orchestration, and the atmosphere they create on stage.

Their live show is always a good time, with the band dancing around and often people taking the stage from the crowd to dance. Their following is strong and when these boys come to your town, you better clear your evening to catch them live. Saturday night they’re releasing their new single, “All We Have is Now.” See you there, Cleveland!

Not your cup of tea? Here’s the best of the rest.

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Weekend Shots!

Neil Young, R. Kelly, and Passion Pit all played last night. Didn’t make it out to any of them? That’s okay, it’s the weekend and there are a ton of great shows to make up for it! 

It might not be the busiest weekend concert-wise, but there are still a number of artists coming through the city that are definitely worth checking out. On top of that, the shows cover a wide spectrum of genres, ranging from punk, to comedy, to rap. Highlighting the weekend are local-ish boys Title Fight ending their tour at Union Transfer.

Friday, November 30th | Earlier this year, Kingston, PA’s pop punk meets post-hardcore heavyweights Title Fight released their excellent sophomore album Floral Green in September. After playing a few one off shows they embarked on a massive country wide tour celebrating it. Tonight they bring everything to a close when they stop by Union Transfer. Joining them will be Pianos Become The Grave, Tigers Jaw, and Single Mothers for one amazing line up.

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Weekend Shots!

Turkey stuffing is over rated. December is almost here and attending a live show is the only way to face it all while working off your Turkey Day eating spree. Head on out this weekend as we have something for everyone: the indie rocker, the soul chaser, and the dance queen! Let’s embrace December this weekend and start living our other lives before it’s too late!

Friday, November 30th: Other Lives and Indians at Rock and Roll Hotel | Catch the gorgeous, multi instrumental five-piece from Oklahoma, Other Lives, as a headliner at the Hotel. They’ve toured with the likes of Radiohead and Bon Iver, but don’t let their supporting success fool you, they’re a genuinely talented band worthy of praise in their own right.

Other Lives create serious music for the thoughtful listener via their latest album, Tamer Animals. Don’t just wish for Other Lives – experience it tonight!

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Weekend Shots!

Looking for some live music in Chicago this weekend? We’ve got you covered. Check out this weekend’s featured show along with a more extensive weekend list below!

The TREASURE FLEET (Record Release Show) at the Subterranean, 11/30

Chicago’s the Treasure Fleet will be at the subt tonight celebrating the release of their newest LP, Future Ways. The band, made up of members from The Arrivals, Lawrence Arms, Smoking Popes, and Sass Dragons, has been shaping their distinctive pysch-punk sound since the summer of 2010. After shelving the LP due to touring and other commitments, Future Ways is finally ready to get its release. Check out the video for the lead song and title track, “Future Ways,” below.

You can order a copy of the new LP on white vinyl directly from Recess Records for just $10. The album is on a limited run of 300 copies, so get yours before they’re gone. The 17+ show kicks off at 8:30 PM tonight at the Subterranean – 2011 W North Ave. Setting the stage for the Treasure Fleet will be Brokedowns, Audacity, and Big Eyes. Tickets are available online or at the door for $10.

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Weekend Shots!

Thanksgiving is in the rear view mirror; New Year’s is on the horizon, and holiday parties are in full swing. Here are my picks for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night.

Irvin Mayfield’s New Orleans Jazz Orchestra is celebrating ten years of big band jazz and educational programs this month. They recently played a well-received show at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and the celebration continues tonight with “Dirt, Dust, Trees: A Tribute to Literary Legend Ernest Gaines featuring Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Ernest Gaines and Soledad O’Brien.” It takes place at the Joy Theater beginning at 7:30 PM.

Mayfield has a long history of honoring and collaborating with artists in other genres going back to his album Half Past Autumn Suite, which appeared in 2003, and was inspired by photographer Gordon Parks.

Gaines is an American and Louisiana literary icon best known for the books The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and A Lesson Before Dying.

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The Joy Formidable:
In-store with TVD at DC’s Som Records

There’s a compelling counter balance at work with The Joy Formidable. On stage, the trio’s ferocious sonic assault is literally thunderous, explosive, and transformative—yet in person, Ritzy, Rhydian, and Matt are disarmingly warm, funny and approachable, and none too shy with the shared enthusiasm for a rummage through a record store when the opportunity presents itself.

The band was in Washington, DC on November 10th to play a special benefit for Saint Stephen’s Church organized by DC’s Positive Force which we chronicled here in the days following.

That afternoon, prior to soundcheck the band descended the stairs to Neal Becton’s Som Records. With local luminary Kid Congo Powers acting as host, the band set about just as we do here at TVD HQ with our Saturdays—rummaging for records.

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TVD Recommends:
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band at Bottom Lounge, 12/1

In another show of support for our neighbors to the East, today’s recommendation is for Indiana blues and Americana trio, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. Hailing from the southern foothills of the “Crossroads of America,” the group will be playing their first Chicago show of the year this Saturday at Bottom Lounge.

Touring in support of their recently released fifth studio album, Between the Ditches, the Big Damn Band has been averaging an impressive 250 dates a year, bringing their captivating live show and unconventional instrumentation to audiences across the world. “Devils Look Like Angels,” the first music video from ​the new album, showcases the group’s unique sound as well as an adorably evil little girl.

Joining the Reverend are his wife Breezy on washboard and their distant cousin Aaron Persinger on a drum kit that include a five gallon plastic bucket – for which he has a sponsorship deal, of course. Hear another track from the new record and grab all of the show details you’ll need, below.

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Three Blind Wolves:
The TVD First Date

“The first record I ever remember getting or listening to was The Clash’s Greatest Hits which, I remember listening to on Saturdays in my Dad’s car on the way to watch the football or pick up some Chinese food.”

“I remember the track “Somebody Got Murdered” being the first track to jump out at me from these angry lads. It was my first experience with music that wasn’t Diana Ross or Frank Sinatra, two acts whose records were common place in the Clark household. I was sold on The Clash after one listen, then decided to find other bands who sounded as good to me as The Clash did—it felt like I opened the flood gates.

When I began to write songs I took many of my influences and wore them on my sleeve. I used to want to sound like Jeff Buckley, then I wanted to be Conor Oberst. It was only until I thought about how I wanted to be regarded as a songwriter that I started thinking about my own sound.

One record that I was always aware of was Neil Young’s Harvest; this album taught me how to really put a song together. I suppose up until that point I hadn’t thought about my identity as an artist, and Neil Young’s way of writing and recording enlightened me to this. Neil Young is one of my favourite all time guitar players because he plays from the heart, and most importantly, from the song.

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Shell Zenner Presents

Greater Manchester’s most in the know radio host Shell Zenner broadcasts the best new music every week on the UK’s Amazing Radio.

You can also catch Shell’s broadcast right here at TVD, each and every Thursday.

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Graded on a Curve: Penelope Houston, Birdboys

San Francisco’s The Avengers were one of the USA’s great punk bands. They not only rocked with intensity and imagination, but through the talents of vocalist Penelope Houston made it clear the California wing of the punk gestalt wasn’t just a boy’s club. And that’s the achievement for which she is most celebrated, but Houston has also worked outside the punk rock paradigm in a solo context. Birdboys, her 1988 debut under her own name is a fine record that’s deserving of far wider appreciation.

The Avengers made some great racket in their original incarnation from ’77-’79. While extant they were responsible for one of the finest of the Dangerhouse singles in the “We Are the One” 3-song EP, but the rest of their fine initial discography appeared post-breakup, a circumstance that helped to keep them fresh on the minds of those attuned to punkish affairs for a good long while after their too brief creative spurt.

Well, that and the band’s rep as openers for the Sex Pistols’ legendary last gig at San Fran’s Winterland. Toss in a production credit by the Pistols’ Steve Jones and the esteem of worthy punk theorist Greil Marcus, and The Avengers shape up as one of the enduring pillars upon which the pre-hardcore American punk experience sits, registering not as a group that was destined for a short existence due to youth, snot, and barely being able to hold it all together, but instead as a fully formed and confident expression of the music’s vast potential. And so much of their sturdiness came right down to Houston’s impressiveness as front-woman.

This is why the band’s reformation in the ‘90s was no great surprise. That decade found Houston and original guitarist Greg Ingraham touring and recording new material with replacement members to a solid response, an activity that’s continued right up to the very present. And while it’s surely cool that Ingraham is a member of the reformed lineup, it’s basically a plain fact that without Houston there would be no reason for The Avengers to exist in the here and now.

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TVD Live: Guns N’ Roses at The Joint, 11/24

It’s the last night of the Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Democracy residency at The Joint in Las Vegas. Axl Rose and company are notorious for coming on late, but tonight they are right on time. I was lucky enough to catch the final night of the twelve-show residency that transformed Sin City into Paradise City.

GnR don’t play a ton of shows in the States anymore, especially in a venue this intimate (4,000 seats). This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and for all the naysayers who criticize the band, I say you got it all wrong.

Guns N’ Roses did not disappoint and sounded better than ever. Opening up with “Chinese Democracy,” straight into “Welcome to the Jungle” and “It’s So Easy,” Axl led his supergroup of hand-picked rock ‘n’ roll juggernauts through a three-and-a-half hour set until almost four in the morning. To say that this last night was epic is an understatement. Axl’s voice is holding up just fine, and he had something to prove as he ran around the stage commanding the crowd and turned the energy in the room up to eleven.

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TVD Premiere & Vinyl Giveaway: Jordan Corey, “Heart of Stone”

It’s not often an artist goes from “First Date” to “family” here at TVD, but in the case of Jordan Corey, we were taken with her kickass voice and attitude—and y’know, she does indeed have this thing for vinyl. As such, we’re delighted today to debut her latest live video clip and give you guys an opportunity to get your hands on her debut 10″ record. Ths floor is now all Jordan’s…

“What’s up all! Stoked to be teaming up with TVD to release the LAST installment of my Live Recordings at Sonora Recorders! “Heart Of Stone” was the first song I wrote with the great Dan Dixon for my record, Do Me Wrong.

“Heart of Stone” is a real, take-no-prisoners tune that sets the tone for the entire album. It’s this song, combined with the grit of “Tonight,” the attitude of “Good Love,” and the sass of the rest, that gave Do Me Wrong a beating heart.

Not only am I beyond excited to share this session video with TVD readers first, I am ecstatic to be giving away FIVE limited edition, hand-numbered and signed, 10” records!

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